gear ratios

Discussion in 'Fishing Reel Review' started by eric2006, Oct 3, 2008.

  1. eric2006

    eric2006 New Member

    West Virginia
    this may have been posted before, but if I'm looking for a baitcasting reel with more cranking power instead of more speed, would i be looking for something that is a 4:7:1 or should i be looking for one with more speed reeling for catfish??
    Any information about this subject would be great.
    Also the reels im looking at are the abu Garcia's. I've read a lot about them, but just curious more about the gear ratio.
  2. Ghosth

    Ghosth New Member

    North Dakota
    Higher ratio's mean it will come in faster.

    If your looking for more cranking power I'd look at something in a bit lower ratio. IE 3:1 instead of 4+ or 5:1

    Like everything its a matter of balance.
    Too low and it will take a long time to bring in an empty line.
    Too high and retrieves are fast but its hard to bring in a good fish.

    However, if your using your rod correctly by lifting the rod tip, then reeling down, you can efficiently bring in a big fish with a high ratio. But you can't just crank on the handle to bring a big one in.

  3. kscathunter

    kscathunter New Member

    i like the 4:1 range the 3s are to low the 5s too high. like ghosth said balance. there is several reels that offer 4:1s 7000 size abus and up, penn gts, pflueger contender (my favorite) ect. the lower the # the longer it takes you to reel in but with more power. the higher the # the oppisite.